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GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Xtreme (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review (Page 4)

Steven Bassiri | Feb 9, 2019 at 10:00 am CST - 1 min, 55 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Z390 Aorus Xtreme Circuit Analysis Continued

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The audio solution consists of a Realtek ALC1220 rated up to 120dB and supports an integrated headphone AMP. That wasn't enough for this high-end motherboard so GIGABYTE added in a ESS9018K2M 127db rated DAC, separate left/right signal channel processing, automatic impedance sensing, a solid state oscillator, WIMA film capacitors, Gold series audio capacitors, a dedicated Texas Instruments step up converter for the OPA1622 amplifiers, an anti-pop relay (you will hear a click on the back), and even independent analog power to improve audio.

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The 10Gbit NBase-T NIC is the Aquantia AQC107, which supports 10G, 5G, 2.5G, 1G, and 100M speeds. The i219v PHY provides the 1Gbit NIC.

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Wireless AC comes from an Intel Wireless AC 9560NGW, which supports up to 1.733Gbps. An Intel JHL7540 Thunderbolt 3 controller is used with two Texas Instruments TPS659 type-C switch and power delivery controllers to produce the two rear type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. It uses the new controller that offers two type-C ports and uses two PCI-E 3.0 lanes.

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The internal type-C USB 3.1 header uses a Pericom PI3EQX re-driver and Texas Instruments HD3220 type-C controller. The GL883A is the controller that handles Quick Charge 3.0 and Apple Fast charge, and it's part of the USB TurboCharger feature on the motherboard and includes two step up converters from MPS.

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Four more PI3EQX re-drivers can be found on the rear panel for the USB 3.1 type-A ports. A GL8505 USB 2.0 hub is found at the rear of the motherboard and at the bottom to expand USB 2.0 capabilities.

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The Realtek RTS5411 USB 3.0 hub expands internal USB 3.0. An ASMedia ASM1184e expands PCI-E, as it's a PCI-E hub, for lower bandwidth use for things such as PCI-E x1 slots.

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The main SuperIO is the IT8688E. An IT8795 is used to expand fan control.

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The IT8951 is used to provide USB BIOS recovery if required. The dual BIOS also offers the ability to replace one of the 128Mbit BIOS ROMs.

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The IT8297FN offers addressable RGB LED control, and the IDT 6V41630 is used to enhance BCLK overclocking.

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